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UKZN Mellon Spatial Humanities Scholarship South Africa 2022/2023


Here are the details about the UKZN Mellon Spatial Humanities Scholarship 2022/2023. You will find the details about the funding in this post.

The management of the UKZN Mellon Spatial Humanities Scholarship has opened the application portal for the new session for interested applicants. We will provide you with the application procedure and the required documents for a successful application.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal was founded in 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Natal and Durban-Westville. The University of KwaZulu-Natal has 5 main campuses, namely Edgewood, Howard College, Medical School, Pietermaritzburg, and Westville campus.

There are many undergraduates and postgraduate courses at UKZN.

UKZN Mellon Spatial Humanities Scholarship


The University of KwaZulu-Natal is calling on all eligible students to apply for the Andrew Mellon Masters and Doctoral Scholarship Project in Spatial Humanities.

This funding opportunity is open to eligible Master and Doctoral students at UKZN, interested in working in the emergent interdisciplinary field of Spatial Humanities, within a situated African context.

The Spatial Humanities field makes use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), geospatial technologies and methods within Humanities to explore new questions about the relationship of space and the built environment to human behaviour, history, culture and identity.

The Project combines humanistic and geoscience students, and scholars and engages in an interdisciplinary approach. The Project uses a digital present where the critical use of spatial methodologies, is linked to cultural, artistic, architectural or spatial narratives within 3 sites: uMlazi, Chatsworth and Durban Central.

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Recipients will be allocated to one of the Broad Research Areas in consultation with Supervisor/s:

  • Architectural Vernaculars and Space/Place Making
  • Community-Integrated GIS and Spatial Humanities
  • Cultural and Digital Mapping: Chatsworth/ uMlazi/ Durban Central
  • GIS, Memory and Cultural Mapping
  • Language, Beliefs, and Place-Making: Indigenous Understandings of Space/ Place
  • Towards an African Spatial Humanities


The scholarship will provide a value of R100 000 per year for Master’s studies and R130 000 per year for Doctoral studies. This fund will be paid in tranches after completing the necessary milestones and satisfying the progress reports of supervisors.

All recipients of the scholarship are required to maintain a good academic performance and might have to submit a Portfolio together with motivation.

The scholarship board will only contact successful applicants.


There are some requirements you must meet to be eligible for the UKZN Mellon Spatial Humanities Scholarship. All applicants must meet all the below requirements before they can be given the scholarship:

  • Applicants must be a new or first-year MA or PhD student
  • Full-time student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. The scholarship does not provide funding for part-time studies, studies in disciplines other than those mentioned and students who are interested in research topics outside the Spatial Humanities areas.
  • You must be willing to stay at the Howard College Campus
  • Readiness for collaborative work within, under the supervision of supervisors in the Project
  • You must be prepared to be assigned specific focused signature masters and doctoral study topics
  • You must be prepared to work on one of these 3 sites: uMlazi, Chatsworth, Durban Central
  • You must NOT be a full-time employee
  • The following students are encouraged to apply: local Black South African students, female students, students who have completed a Honours or Masters qualification in related disciplines within Humanities and in GIS (History, Sociology, Anthropology, Architecture, isiZulu, Literature, Community Development, Gender, Philosophy, Religion, Performing Arts (Music/ Dance/ Theatre) Arts (Painting/ Photography/ Ceramics/ Film) and Geography, GIS)
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There is no application form to be submitted for this scholarship.

To apply for this scholarship, applicants should submit a certified clear copy of the documents below. It is compulsory to submit all the documents for your application to be considered. Below are the documents:

  • ID document
  • Certificates of all degrees completed
  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate Full Academic Record
  • Motivational letter explaining Why you believe you are a suitable candidate to work in Spatial Humanities (2 pages)
  • Concept Note with Bibliography on one of the Research Areas above (2 pages)
  • Portfolio: Publications/ Opinion Pieces/ Painting or Ceramic Work/ Photographic/ Film/ Theatre (Optional)

Note: Submit all documents combined into 1 single pdf document.

You are to submit your applications and supporting documents via email to Udo Fidelis at: udofidelisj@gmail.com
(Insert the words “UKZN Mellon Scholarship Application 2022” in the email subject line).


The closing date for this scholarship is 15 April 2022. All applicants are expected to have submitted the application form and all required documents before the closing date.


You can contact the University of KwaZulu-Natal directly via:

Email: 204507325@stu.ukzn.ac.za

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